World War Spit!
Well I’m sure by now you guys all know that the Call of Duty franchise has been seen a great resurgence with last years dare I say “Epic” Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. Once again helmed by series creator Infinity Ward, they brought back the essence of what the franchise meant from the get go. Action. Action. and a heap more Action. They also introduced gameplay elements that had gotten stale during EA’s Spielberg influenced Medal of Honor Series.
After the success of Call of Duty 2 (Set records for online play.) Infinity Ward wanted to experiment with something new. But then the greed of these super publishers stepped in. Wanting to cash in on the success of COD:2 Activision decided to put their in house dev team Treyarch on the case. Now this wasn’t necessarily a bad thing because the developer was known to fans to produce quality games, even being the first dev to bring Spider-Man to a worthy game (Three actually) and they had long made skateboarding synonymous with Tony Hawk. So what the heck right?
Not only was COD:3 a complete and utter disaster. The graphics were marginally better than COD:2, the gameplay and story wore thin. This was a shining example of how to destroy a franchise. Also in my own opinion, people grew tired of the WW2 setting and wanted something new. How many times would you fightÂ a war that you know the outcome of? Yes, World War Two gave you the “perfect” enemy. But Gee Whiz if I have to shoot another 10,000 Nazi’s so I can plant a charge to blow up a Panzer I just might shoot my TV. So I unofficially officially decided I’m done with Call of Duty.
” Touch the untouchable/ break the unbreakable/ Shake the unshakeable
Infinity Ward stepped onto the scene with THE FIRST TRULY NEXT GEN LOOKING GAME! With COD:4 Modern Warfare, they not only upped the ante, they brought us to the near future with true to life (Not based on current events) scenarios. What we got a fresh game that looked and played great. (Albeit if they had Rainbow’s cover system it would’ve been perfect)
The franchise was officially back, and with it’s… er… um… cliffhanger ending it left players dying for more. Part 5 couldn’t come fast enough.
Then what happens? News that COD: 5 would NOT be a follow up, but you’ll be thrown back to a WW2 setting. And you could hear the WTF’s across the globe.
I’ll let that sentence simmer a bit…
A lil more…
Just a teeny bit more…
What happened? It turns out that freaking Activision’s greed has struck again! With COD:4 exceeding all expectations they wanted another game STAT! But Infinity Ward was not prepared to deliver a follow up so soon. The big wigs got the bright idea to go back to… Treyfart I mean Treyarch. But guess what? They only had their sucky WW2 engine sitting around, and to make a “Modern” game would probably put them on the same timeline as Infinity to deliver a sequel.
So Uncle Big Wig said eff it, just use those cutting room floor levels from COD:3 and slap a 5 on it and give it to us STAT!
So the gamers are left with crap. I’m sorry if I’m offending anyone with this, but for really real. That’s what it feels like to this gamer. The days of devs taking their time to give us a great experience is gone by. With this super publishers seeking to milk the marrow out of the cold dead bodies of our franchises.
WHY? Has “Next” gen come at such a cost as we won’t have any lasting memories when we get older? Just think about it. Kids 10 - 15yr old don’t know anything but disposable games with highly forgettable characters. (But that’s for another post) These large companies are killing the industry.
Someone, somewhere stand up for our rights as content consumers and say, “ENOUGH OF THIS BS, GIVE ME A GOOD GAME… Please?”